Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
Men and women highlanders seem to be enacting a battle scene. They carry shafts of river grasses attached to bamboo poles. Men wear river grass skirts held up by waist bands covered with orange blossoms. The same orange flowers hang from their shoulders. Some of the men also wear the flowers on their headbands. Most of the men wear feathers from the various birds of paradise. These are attached to their beaded headbands. Women wear grass skirts that have been dyed in brown or orange with striations of lighter tan. On their backs, they wear tapa cloth made by pounding the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree into thin strips that are layered and joined and painted with orange and white clay decorations.
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